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Sarcobatus vermiculatus

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Family: SarcobataceaeView Description 

Habit: Shrub, erect; generally monoecious. Stem: branches many, 90° to main stem, thorny, generally interlocking, generally thorn-tipped. Leaf: many, simple, cauline, generally alternate, deciduous, sessile, +- linear, flattened to subcylindric, fleshy; stipules 0. Inflorescence: staminate spikes cylindric, dense, erect, terminal; pistillate flowers 1--4, axillary; bracts leaf-like. Staminate Flower: perianth 0, stamens 1--4, sessile on spike axis, concealed by peltate, angular, persistent, spirally arranged bracts. Pistillate Flower: carpels 2, fused, stigmas 2, ovary 1/2 inferior; perianth cup-like, fused to ovary, persistent, forming wing in fruit. Fruit: achene, tapering above encircling, irregularly-edged wing; +- glabrous. Seed: coat thin; embryo coiled, green.
Genera In Family: 1 genus, 2 species: to western Canada, Great Plains, northern Mexico. Note: Formerly treated in Chenopodiaceae.
eFlora Treatment Author: Matthew H. Hils
Scientific Editor: Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: SarcobatusView DescriptionDichotomous Key


Etymology: (Greek: fleshy bramble)

Sarcobatus vermiculatus (Hook.) Torr.
Habit: Plant 5--21 dm, erect (+- spheric). Stem: +- yellow-cream to +- white or light gray. Chromosomes: n=18,36.
Ecology: Alkaline soils, dry lakes, washes, scrub, roadsides; Elevation: 100--2300 m. Bioregional Distribution: GB, DMoj; Distribution Outside California: to western Canada, Great Plains, northern Mexico. Flowering Time: Apr--Aug
Unabridged Synonyms: Batis vermiculata Hook.; Fremontia vermiculata (Hook.) Torr.; Sarcobatus maximilianii Nees
eFlora Treatment Author: Matthew H. Hils
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Citation for this treatment: Matthew H. Hils 2017. Sarcobatus vermiculatus, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 29, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 29, 2017.

Sarcobatus vermiculatus
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Geographic subdivisions for Sarcobatus vermiculatus:
GB, DMoj;
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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